With spring just around the corner, those of us in the Northeast look forward to temperatures warming up, snow melting away, and trees returning to their vibrant greens.   Similar to us, plants soak up the melting snow and stretch their limbs to welcome the sun which will help them thrive and grow.

As trees sprout new branches, their roots also lengthen in search of water that will sustain them and keep them watered.  Tree roots will grow in any direction as they seek water.  For this reason, you may have a property that, up until this point, has not had any problems.  However, the older and bigger that trees get, the more hazardous their roots could be to your sewer lines.   If your home is encircled by mature trees, it may be important this spring to call a professional to help determine if your shade providing trees are creeping below ground into your pipes.

Tree roots reach for any food and moisture source below ground.  When they reach something in their path like a sewer pipe, they will look for cracks.  Products that claim to prevent clogs don’t offer much resolution in terms of roots mainly because those products run through the bottom of your pipes and the roots are coming in from the top running down in search of a water source.  Roots, then, begin creating a blockage that will eventually cause waste and water to back up into your home.

Luckily, if you do experience a sewage backup, our team at Restore Pro can help.  For smaller cleanups, there are a few steps you can take to clean the affected area yourself.

  1. First and foremost, prevent children and pets from entering the area.  Sewage spills carry bacteria and viruses harmful to everyone.
  2. Wear protective eyewear, rubber gloves and boots when cleaning or walking through the spill. Take the gear off in a spot solely for these items before going anywhere else in order to prevent contaminating other areas of your house.  Wash these items after every use with a hot water and bleach mixture.
  3. Throw out any porous material. All furniture, flooring, and drywall will need to be thrown out if it has come into contact with the spill.  Take pictures for insurance purposes of everything in order to document your losses.  In some cases, a professional crew may be able to save your chair or couch.  Rugs and smaller items may be salvaged as well.  Bag smaller items and set aside until you find out if you can restore them.
  4. Wash all hard surfaces down with water and a mild detergent like dish soap. Rinse the area off with a bleach solution.
  5. Clean all items used in the cleanup process with a bleach solution: 1 Tablespoon of bleach to every gallon of hot water.  Use this on all the rags, brooms, mops, and towels used to clean as well as your protective gear.

For sewage spills, large or small, call our professionals at Restore Pro.  We will save you the hassle of cleaning as we follow a proven process to successfully clean your home and rid it of dangerous bacteria that could affect your health.   We will clean, sanitize, dry, and restore your home back to its original condition.

Act fast when your sewer backs up and call Restore Pro at 1-800-847-0114.  Our sewage cleanup service team is available 24/7.  Visit our Facebook page to learn more about our services at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911.